The Shield: Season 3 Reviews

October 28, 2019
The third season of "The Shield" may not be as visually entertaining as its previous seasons, but the drama and political tension of the major plot lines skyrocket behind the creative team of writers and the amazing ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2019
In any discussion of TV's best series, The Shield deserves to be ranked with The Sopranos. Vic Mackey and Tony Soprano are the poster boys for great drama.
March 29, 2019
The fact is "The Shield"...hit lower lows each season. That we still feel empathy for their characters is a testament to the kind of brilliant storytelling each trades in.
March 29, 2019
This third-season finale certainly didn't disappoint.
January 30, 2019
Season 3 of The Shield has been what good television drama is all about -- an interesting, breathing mix of story, characters and actors, hitting on all cylinders.
January 30, 2019
The Shield's moral center perpetually shifts, as the Team members struggle to maintain their sense of balance, caught between the outright villains and their own dishonesty.
November 20, 2018
Comparisons to "The Sopranos," though understandable on many levels, are unnecessary. "The Shield" remains a compelling dramatic series on its own merits.
November 20, 2018
All you need to know is that Close is terrific as Rawling, in or out of uniform; that Chiklis as Mackey, who looked vulnerable last season, is all puffed up again, as if testosterone were natural gas.
August 14, 2018
Season three ends as it began, with an across-the-board restructuring, and this one really sticks.
August 14, 2018
Mackey exudes the kind of squad-room machismo and street daring that make him a cop's cop -- and a cop fan's cop as well.
August 14, 2018
But once The Shield grabs you, it's awfully hard to turn away.
June 12, 2018
Now, after watching this scene - which might possibly be the most brutal ever shown in an ad-supported TV show - I'm not sure I can recommend "The Shield" anymore.
October 18, 2017
The plotlines, both in mini-arcs and funnier, more throwaway scenes, continually engage. If there's a moral to this story, it's that sometimes there's nothing better than a bad cop.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2017
Ultimately, the reason The Shield is one of the best police dramas going isn't just its spiderweb plots... or its antihero... It's the fact that the program regularly yields even its main characters to baleful Fate.